One of the perks I enjoy while serving as a kids pastor is having the opportunity to review and use the curriculum written by talented servants in the body of Christ. Recently I found a curriculum series written by Brian Dollar over at High Voltage Kids Ministry, called “Alien Kids”. The very first lesson in that series sparked the four main thoughts of this week’s post.
Sabbath Rest or Sabbath Trust?
In this week’s video, I ask, “What do you think is the most important of the Ten Commandments? Maybe I was having a “Pharisee Flashback”. In Matthew 22:36-40, a pharisee asked that of Jesus and He answered,
“ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Corny question of the week:
If you go to the doctor to get a physical checkup, it’s called a physical. If you wanted to get a spiritual checkup, would you call it a “spiritual”? Doh.
Whether we do it or not, most of us think having a physical every year to evaluate how are bodies are performing is a good idea. Business executives take time, often quarterly, to evaluate their company’s growth strategy and monitor the execution of that strategy. What if WE took time quarterly, monthly, or even weekly to evaluate our “growing closer to Jesus” strategy?
I encourage you to take some time today to ponder these questions.
Last Wednesday night at church, I was trying my best to teach a room full of kids something that would really help them in their future – something that would potentially save them a lot of heartache if they put it into practice.
I tried every trick in the book to capture their attention, with zero success. But when all was said and done, I thank God for those uncomfy moments.
Moments when God uses these kids to show me how I often respond (or fail to respond) to Him.
Moments that cause me to become more intentional about knowing His purpose for me in this life.
Moments that cause me to want to get off the stage, and listen to Him as long as He wants to talk.
I wish the trick to getting our eyes off of ourselves and our perceived flaws was as easy as buying a new pair of glasses, don’t you?
In the burning bush story of Exodus chapter 3, God was calling Moses to lead His people out of bondage and into freedom. He (while speaking out of a burning bush that didn’t burn up, mind you) performed amazing miracles to help Moses get his eyes off of himself and onto the Lord, but Moses was still overcome by his own insecurity.
Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
God’s answer never made mention of Moses. It came in the form of five reminders designed to help Moses get his eyes off himself and onto the character and plan of God. These same five “I” statements are for us today.
Exodus 3:12 “I will be with you.”
He promised to never leave us or forsake us. He gave us His Holy Spirit to live in us. We are never alone. Our Creator is always with us.
Exodus 3:16 “I have watched over you and seen what has been done.”
He knows when we sit and when we rise. He perceives our thoughts from afar. Knowing this truly is too wonderful. (Psalm 139) Sometimes we feel as though He doesn’t know our story, our pain, or the injustice around us, but He does.
Exodus 3:17 “I have promised to bring you up out of your misery…”
He knows the plans He has for us – plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) We can’t fully understand why He chooses to heal some and not others, but He …